EXCLUSIVE: Inside Karl Stefanovic’s night out at the black-tie charity gala where he was accused of ‘touching’ a waiter – as he returns to the Today Show without saying a word
- Karl Stefanovic recorded attempts to sing and dance to ‘Le Freak’ at the charity gala
- He is under police investigation for allegedly ‘touching’ a waiter at the event
- TV star hosted the black tie event for melanoma research in Brisbane in August
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Karl Stefanovic’s wildly awkward rendition of a 1970s disco hit during a night hosting an extravagant charity gala has been caught on camera – before he was accused of ‘touching’ a waiter at the same event.
Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday they were investigating a report of an alleged assault on a man at a melanoma fundraiser held at the Mercedes-Benz showroom in Brisbane’s Newstead on August 20.
It is understood the waiter lodged a report after he was allegedly touched by Stefanovic – who attended with his wife Jasmine Yarbrough.
The father of four has not been charged and is yet to respond to the claims, including requests from Daily Mail Australia.
The TV host ignored the alleged incident all while co-hosting Today on Friday morning.
However, footage of the event – which was called ‘A Night For Melanoma’ and run by cancer charity group, The Six Hour Project – has emerged online.
Karl Stefanovic (pictured with his wife, Jasmine Yarbrough, at the event in August) is being investigated by police over an alleged attack on a Brisbane fundraiser
In a chilling video, Stefanovic could be seen wearing a white baseball cap while dancing and attempting to sing Chic’s ‘Le Freak’ in a bid to encourage the 350 guests to join him on the dance floor at the six-hour event.
‘Get on the tables,’ he shouted, belting out disco moves in a suit and tie while holding a microphone.
‘Feel free to get up,’ he beckons, while the people in the audience dance with him.
Stefanovic was also pictured mingling with guests and posing for photos with organizers and fans at the gala, which raised a whopping $290,000 for melanoma research.
Karl Stefanovic was filmed singing and dancing to ‘Le Freak’ by Chic at a charity gala in August (pictured)
In the photo left and right: Stefanovic sings ‘Le Freak’. He tried to encourage others to join him on the dance floor
In one photo, the media personality posed alongside melanoma sufferer and event organizer, Gina Savage.
“Gina, courage, resilience and beauty,” he wrote on social media.
‘We just raised the roof for you, your fights, your charities and everyone else fighting against melanoma.’
‘One Australian dies of melanoma every six hours,’ read the fundraiser’s website.
‘The Six Hour Project is on a mission to change this devastating statistic.’
Ms Savage previously appeared in an interview on the Today show with Stefanovic to tell the story of her diagnosis before the pair reunited to host the fundraiser.
The media personality shared a heartfelt post to melanoma sufferer Gina (pictured side by side at the event)
Photo: Stefanovic and his wife mingle with guests at the fundraiser in Newstead on August 20
The allegations come as Stefanovic was pictured at Sydney airport on Wednesday after returning to Australia from England.
The television presenter was sent to London on September 13 to cover the death of Queen Elizabeth II and her funeral.
On Thursday, police told The Courier-Mail: ‘Queensland Police are investigating a report of the alleged assault of a man at a business in Newstead during an event on Saturday, August 20.’
‘As investigations are ongoing, it would not be appropriate to comment further.’
The Australian reported that several attendees did not see an altercation taking place and that Stefanovic left the event in good spirits.
“Karl was actually a legend all along,” said one.